Extra Curricular Achievements

Patent

I was part of a multidisciplinary team that has developed software for ensuring patient safety. We have a patent-pending, have started getting IRB approval for two studies in UVA’s nursing department, and formed a startup company which is currently a finalist in the Entrepreneurship World Cup. Unfortunately, due to my visa restrictions, I had to step away once the company was formed.

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Spring National Field Hockey League Champions

I am part of UVA’s field hockey club. We won the 2019 spring National Field Hockey tournament. We also placed second in the 2019 fall National Field Hockey tournament. I have since been included in the 2019 National Field Hockey All-Stars Team.

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Half Iron Man

After finishing Comrades, I felt unstoppable. I decided to take on a half Ironman. It was my first triathlon, and I loved it. I was planning on doing a new half Ironman in Florida in 2020, but unfortunately, it was postponed due to COVID.

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Comrades Marathon

The Comrades marathon is an 89km (55 mi) race run annually in South Africa. Not only is the course long, but it also includes 2km (7000ft) of elevation gain and 1.5km (4700ft) of descent. Completing this race was a childhood dream, and before leaving South Africa, I had to complete it. On that day, I learned that prize is not finishing it, or the medal, but rather being part of this truly epic event. We are all Comrades.

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Southern Africa Road Trip

After graduating, my friend and I decided to take a month off, rent a 4x4, and with a set of paper maps as our only companion set off on the trip of a lifetime. We drove many 1000’s of kilometers through 4 different countries and made more memories than I can recall. More importantly, I got a small taste of the beauty, kindness, and heart of Southern Africa.

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Kilimanjaro

My dad used to take me into South Africa Drakensburg mountains. Although we never completed one of our extremely ambitious week-long hikes (generally due to getting lost). It distilled a love for hiking and mountains I have to this day.

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National u18B Hockey Side

Field hockey is a popular sport in South Africa. I started playing it in grade 6 when I was only 12 years old. I have made many friends through hockey and played for many teams. My proudest moment in hockey was being nominated to be part of the South African u18B nation team.

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Waterpolo First Team Captain

Waterpolo is a challenging sport. A sport that I was not every particularly talented at. Never the less after trying Waterpolo, I loved it. In my first two years of playing it, our team won a combined total of 1 game. Waterpolo taught me that through hard work, you can achieve anything. In my final year, I was nominated as our team captain, and as a team, we won close to 50% of our games. The lessons it taught me, and the leadership skills it gave me are still ones I use today.

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